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Sculpture Amid Arizona's Red Rocks

September 29, 2002|ELLEN MELINKOFF

At the 15th annual Sedona, Ariz., Sculpture Walk, from Friday to Sunday, more than 100 artists will exhibit their works (all for sale) at Sedona Cultural Park.

Artwork will range from desktop-size to life-scale pieces, from bronze to wood, steel, marble, polished aluminum, ceramics and glass. One tent will feature works by cowboy artists; another, by emerging artists.

For more information, contact the Sedona Arts Center, P.O. Box 569, Sedona, AZ 86339; (928) 282-3809,


At the Trailing of the Sheep Festival, Oct. 11 to 13 in Ketchum and Hailey, sheepherders move their flocks from summer pastures to winter grazing areas, as they have for more than a century.

Sheep will parade down Ketchum's Main Street, passing cafes and coffeehouses and accompanied by Basque dancers and the Boise Highlander Bagpipers. Visitors may walk behind the sheep.

Highlights include storytelling; shearing, carding, spinning and weaving demos; dog-herding contests; canyon hikes; Basque dinners and games.

Contact the Trailing of the Sheep Festival, P.O. Box 3692, Hailey, ID 83333; (800) 634-3347,


Parke County, in west-central Indiana, has 32 historic covered bridges. They will be the focal point of the Covered Bridges Festival from Oct. 11 to 20, timed to take advantage of the area's fall foliage.

Free maps of five color-coded routes will be available at the tourist center in Rockville. Also planned: bus tours, food vendors, an arts and crafts show and antiques for sale.

For information, contact the Parke County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Box 165, Rockville, IN 47872; (765) 569-5226,


During Harvest Weekend at Old Sturbridge Village, visitors can help farmers dig potatoes, husk corn, pull root vegetables, shell beans and thresh oats using early 19th century tools and techniques, while surrounded by fall foliage. On Oct. 26 the living history museum celebrates Halloween 19th century style with ghost tales and a talk on early New England and the supernatural.

For information, contact Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA 01566; (800) SEE-1830 (733-1830),

North Dakota

North America's largest Scandinavian festival, Norsk Hostfest, will take place Oct. 8 to 12 in Minot. In its 25th year, the event will include entertainment, a Viking and troll parade, a troll chase, the Black Plague Rat Game, strolling musicians, Scandinavian food and crafts.

For more information, contact the Norsk Hostfest, P.O. Box 1347, Minot, ND 58702; (701) 852-2368,


The Thomas Eakins Head of the Schuylkill Regatta, Oct. 26 on the Schuylkill River at Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, is named for the famous painter. Not only was Eakins a dedicated oarsman, but he did paintings of racing on the Schuylkill. It was such a popular sport in the late 1800s that bets were waged on top races.

This is one of the largest one-day regattas in the world, and rowers from all over North America will compete on the 2.6-mile course through historic parkland.

For more information, contact the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta, 3001 Chapel Ave., Suite 201, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002; (609) 654-7963,


The International Accordion Festival is a natural for San Antonio, where German polka and Tex-Mex bands have dominated the music scene for decades.

The second annual festival, Oct. 19 and 20, will take place on three outdoor stages in La Villita, a historic section of downtown. Accordion players from all over the world will perform Irish, Basque, Czech, zydeco and tango music.

For more information, contact the San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs, 318 W. Houston St., Suite 301, San Antonio, TX 78205; (210) 222-ARTS (222-2787),


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